CABERY — Patricia Ann Essington, 86, of Cabery, died Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Miller Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Kankakee.
Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 15, with a memorial service following at noon. Inurnment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Mrs. Essington was born May 30, 1932, in Paxton, a daughter of Richard and Leta Wilson Strebeck. She married Gordon Essington on Jan. 23, 1954, at the Kankakee Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Essington was the director of volunteer services at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. She was the former state president of the Ladies Auxilliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2857, as well as a former youth group president at the Presbyterian Church and a senior Girl Scouts leader.
Her life revolved around her children and grandchildren, but she also enjoyed flower gardening; baking, especially hot fudge; and helping people, especially veterans. She singlehandedly raised enough money for a park and tennis court to be built in Cabery. Today, it is still the only park in the small town.
Surviving are her husband, Gordon Essington of Cabery; two daughters, Cindy (Bridget) Bertrand-Essington of Bourbonnais and Sarah (Ron) Scully of Elgin; her siblings Grace, Susie, Richard, Fred and Georgie; five grandchildren, Rachel, Dane, Ryann, Tiernan and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert, Charles and Larry; and a sister-in-law, Avis Schultz.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.